Monday, December 28, 2015

Shabby Chic Inspiration and Possibilities


Last month we made the 5.5 hour drive to visit my parents for Thanksgiving.  My mom and I managed to sneak away for a few hours and shop a handful of thrift stores she had been telling me about.  One of these stores had recently received a large donation of fabrics leftover from an older upholstery shop that had closed.  My mom and I pulled out the prettiest pastel bolts of fabric, studied each of them in the dim light and made our selections.


My husband was a bit flustered when I came back to the house and asked if we had enough room in the car to bring home a few extra purchases.  With 3 kids and a dog on our journey, the vehicle was already quite packed.  

"What did you buy?" he grumbled.  

"Just some fabric," I responded.

"Oh, well...we probably have room for some fabric."


And then he saw the 7 large bolts of decorator fabric I had just bought.  

No way were they going to fit, at least not without making the already cramped quarters even more uncomfortable for everyone.


And so, all of my beautiful fabric purchases had to stay with mom and dad until this last week when they came to visit us for Christmas!  Unloading all of my pretty fabric from my parent's car was like getting a big bonus Christmas gift!


Now, you ask...what will I do with all of this fabric?  

I honestly don't know.  I haven't gotten that far yet.

But...


My mom and dad brought me another Christmas gift.  This one was wrapped up with a bow and everything.  I shared on Facebook and Instagram today that I was embarrassed to admit that my Rachel Ashwell library was incomplete, up until this week.  These titles have been on my wish list for a very long time.  I fell in love with Shabby Chic 14 years ago when my husband and I were just married and bought our first house.  Rachel Ashwell's style drew me in right away and it was like I had found my own personal style while studying the beautiful photographs in her books.  

I have spent every free moment of the past few days reading my new books and staring at each and every photo.


After having been so consumed and wrapped up in Christmas, I don't have the usual feeling of sadness now that it's over.  I think it might have something to do with the inspiration I have gained from my new books, and the anticipation of future projects as I glance over my stockpile of fabrics!  In that same light, a brand new year begins in just a few short days.  A new year sure to be filled with so many new ideas, inspiration and possibilities!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda



Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants



16 comments:

  1. Your fabric is awesome! Nothing is better than adding some treasure hunting stops to a road trip! I am looking forward to taking down the holiday stuff and thinking about new ways to decorate too :)

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! I am keeping the Christmas decor up one more day because I had to reschedule a holiday party! I figured it was a good excuse to keep it around so that we could pretend it was still Christmas for the party's sake! But yes, I am really thinking about new decorating ideas too! So fun! Happy New Year!

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  2. What a wonderful assortment of fabric. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I have all sorts of ideas and will definitely share! Happy New Year!

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  3. Oh my I love the fabric! It's beautiful! I must admit that I love looking through Rachel Ashwell's books as well... I always get a little envious of how beautiful everything is. I must ask...what is the pink feather tassel? It too is lovely :) I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you New Year will be just as amazing :) - Vanessa

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    1. Hi Vanessa! So, that feather tassel thing is actually a 1920's head wrap! I found it at a garage sale and the woman gave it to me because it was sort of falling apart. I added the rhinestone clip (an earring!) I had been wondering what to do with it and after being inspired by my new Rachel Ashwell books, I ended up displaying it hanging from a lampshade finial and I love it! Happy New Year!

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  4. What a great find! I would be happy too if I found all that lovely fabric and Rachel's new book.

    hugs
    Sissie

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    1. Thank you, Sissie! Happy New Year!

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  5. I can relate to your excitement, you found beautiful classic fabric. I would make pillows and add fabric flowers or silk flowers. Trim would be nice too. I use to sew window treatments and pillows etc. for the home, had a small business. Rachael Ashwells books have so much inspiration, which is the best when you see something and it inspires you and you put your extra touch to make it yours. I love decorating for Christmas, too early to take down , I put so much of my heart in decorating, lol...

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    1. Hi Cathy! I love your idea of pillows with silk flowers! I need to get my sewing machine running again and I will be in business! :) I agree that it's just too early to take down the Christmas decor. I pretty much always wait until after the first of the year but I am leaving it up just a few days longer this time around! Happy New Year!

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  7. Lovely fabrics!!! So classic and so chic!!! Very good purchase!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ornella! Happy New Year to you!

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  8. 'inspiration' is a wonderful mood lifter! Glad you're having fun. And I can certainly see why you were smitten with those fabrics. How beautiful! For now - they make a nice composition just the way they are :)

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  9. Wow, that is beautiful fabric! Best wishes from Scotland.
    Liz

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  10. Oooo! Ahhh! That looks promising! My hubs would grumble too! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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